Cephas returns to the University of Virginia for leadership program

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., July 10 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., announced today that she has been selected to participate in the 2018 Emerging Leaders Program, sponsored by the State Legislative Leaders Foundation and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

“As leaders during these trying times, we must build a coalition across the aisle and across the country to ensure we are making strategic investments in our communities and moving our states forward,” Cephas said. “Programs like Emerging Leaders are critical to examine best practices and exchange insights on public policy and issues we may have in common.”

This prestigious program is held every year on the campus of the University of Virginia for a select group of state legislators who have been nominated by their respective speakers of the House, presidents of the Senate or minority leaders, based on their qualities and leadership—integrity, compassion, intelligence, vision and common sense.

The training will be held from Monday, July 9 through Thursday, July 12 in Charlottesville.

The goal of the program is to inspire leaders to continued careers in public service. Class discussions will examine qualities and characteristics of leadership including: ethical leadership, the art of compromise and coalition building, and the philosophical underpinnings of representative democracy.

Stephen G. Lakis, president of the State Legislative Leaders Foundation, noted, “These legislators represent the best in our legislative institutions, and are destined for future leadership roles in their state. Spending time with these up-and-coming leaders renews my confidence in our country’s great democratic experiment.”

Cephas is one of 50 state legislators chosen from a nationwide pool of over 200 nominees. She attended the University of Virginia for undergraduate studies in political science.